Most of you know about my adventures with Rochelle by now. For those of you that don't, she was extremely skittish and scared all the time when we first brought her home from the shelter at the end of last August. It took a very long time for her to warm up to me, my boyfriend, and our home (for a while there I was wondering if she ever would), but she's made tremendous strides in overcoming her fears, and she's a fairly normal cat now. She still starts at certain things, and anything new freaks her out.
So Monday night we're watching tv on the couch. I see Rochelle slinking around the apartment (back legs really close to the ground and her tail dragging), and her eyes were as round as dinner plates and completely dilated. She kept looking at the living room window. So I go to look outside, and there's three deer not 15 feet from our deck/patio...two does and a fawn. They were all staring straight in the window, and I think because they were staring right at Rochelle she freaked out a bit. She doesn't do well with other animals bigger than her. Once they went into the stand of trees that runs along the back of our building she was fine.
Tonight, my boyfriend brought me home a pink balloon for fun. Rochelle took one look at it, and ran and hid under the tv stand. She came out a little later, saw it again, and promptly hid under the tv stand again. Seriously, she is terrified of this balloon. I tied it up in the bedroom closet so she gets as little interaction as possible with it. Makes me wonder if she had some bad balloon experiences in the past, poor girl. I guess this means no balloon decorations for her 2nd birthday next month...
Poor girl...it makes me so sad that she's so terrified of new things and experiences.